Learn the needs and characteristics of ESL students in Japan while exploring the country's culture!
4 weeks, from mid-May through mid-June.
You will have various opportunities to observe various English language classrooms in Japan while learning about Japanese culture and society. While abroad, you will participate in the following courses:
- TESOL Methods Course (3 credits): You will participate in a course focusing on national and international approaches to ESL teaching while observing various ESL classrooms and settings. Rather than merely studying about TESOL methods from a textbook though, you will have the opportunity to actually travel to and observe various English language classrooms both at JCMU and at local schools!
While taking this course, you will gain a deeper understanding of the characteristics and needs of ESL education in Japan, providing you with practical skills and knowledge for a career in TESOL. This experience will be especially useful if you are planning on teaching English in Japan on the JET program (or other similar teaching opportunities) in the future.
- Japanese Culture & Society Course (3 credits): This course will present you with the opportunity to further explore the foundations of Japanese culture and society and how they shape the lives of the Japanese people, which will help you fully understand the similarities and differences in teaching methods that you notice in your TESOL methods course. Classroom lectures will be enhanced with guest lectures, site visits, and Japanese cultural demonstrations and activities.
You will be housed in the JCMU Residence Hall
apartments while on the TEJ program. All rooms are double-occupancy with private bedrooms and a shared kitchen & bathroom.
Field trips & other benefits:
You will be provided with your own bike to use while on the program. In addition, you will have the chance to go on a field excursion with your classmates! The location & date of the excursion are subject to change on a yearly basis, but past students have been taken to Kyoto, Nara, Uji, and more.
All students coming from one of our Consortium schools (Michigan's 15 public universities) will receive an automatic Consortium Scholarship
towards their TEJ program fees! To see if your school is a member of our Consortium, please visit our Consortium Scholarship webpage